Republicans are renewing their call to suspend Automatic Voter Registration after more problems with the system came to light this week.
Earlier this year, it came out that several people who self-identified as non-citizens were permitted to vote. Now, more than 1,100 actual citizens in Illinois were improperly classified as having opted out of voter registration — potentially denying them their right to vote.
WSIU partnered with The Southern Illinoisan newspaper to interview candidates ahead of the March 17 primary in Illinois.
All candidates were asked the same questions, and given up to 30 minutes for their interview. In the 55th State Senate race, there are two men running for the Republican nomination, as State Senator Dale Righter is not seeking re-election. State Representative Darren Bailey and Jeff Fleming are vying for the open seat.
1) Tell us about yourself, and why you're running.